Finds No Merit In Reports Of Unintended Acceleration In Toyota
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has closed the books on its investigation into reports of unintended acceleration in 2005-08 Toyota Tacoma pickups. The federal agency says it couldn't find signs of a defect in the mid-size pickup.
NHTSA released a statement about its Tacoma investigation, saying, "For those vehicles where the throttle control system did not perform as the owner believes it should have, the information suggesting a possible defect related to motor vehicle safety is quite limited. Additional investigation is unlikely to result in a finding that a defect related to motor vehicle safety exists."
The Tacoma uses a drive-by-wire throttle system that replaces a physical connection between the accelerator and throttle with an electronic connection. Toyota says its system was designed to report an error if the accelerator pedal and throttle are mismatched. No error codes have been found in Tacomas where the issue has been reported.